Department for International Cooperation (DFID)


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The Department for International Development (DFID) is a United Kingdom government department responsible for ODA. The DFID envisions building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world. In 2016, 73.8% of the UK’s € 17.27 billion ODA was channelled through

DFID. Humanitarian assistance accounted for 15% of British ODA, and this was identified as the single most important sector. Climate change (adaptation, mitigation, disaster risk reduction) is an important theme for DFID but does not rank amongst the top priorities.

For small NGOs and FBOs, the relatively new Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) might be interesting. It aims to strengthen grassroots organizations that are working with the poor, vulnerable and most marginalised. Grants of up to £ 50,000 are available for projects of up to 2 years, for organizations with annual incomes of less than £ 250,000. Applications for funding can be submitted via their website.

Eligibility to Receive Funding Governmental and non-governmental entities, depending on the program or call are eligible. Further information can be found online.

Regional Focus DFID works globally, but has a priority focus on Asia-Pacific and Africa. Pakistan, Syria, Afghanistan, Jordan, Bangladesh and Nepal, as well as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Kenya, amongst others are top recipient countries. DFID supports climate-related programs in most of these and many other countries.

Sector Focus

The DFID climate change programs prioritise, inter alia:

  • Green growth and low carbon development;
  • Climate adaptation;
  • Climate risk reduction and risk transfer, including climate risk insurance;
  • Sustainable infrastructure development;
  • Energy efficiency, renewable energies, and sustainable transportation.

Funding Conditions: Grants, concessional loans, equity and guarantees

Application Procedure

All information on the DFID can be found online


Department for International Cooperation (DFID)

22  Whitehall, London SW1A 2EG, UK

Tel: +44 20 7023 0000 Website: organisations/department-for-internationaldevelopment

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